GYBN Zimbabwe (ZYBN)
[currently in preliminary trial period]
Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in southern Africa that has rich biodiversity in its varied landscapes and its protected area network, which covers 28% of the total land area. Zimbabwe lies within the tropics but due to high elevation its climate is considered sub-tropical. Zimbabwe's biodiversity comprises of plantations, protected indigenous forests, woodlands, bushlands and wooded grasslands. These resident ecosystems, with the favorable climate, produces a diverse range of food crops, commercial crops, fruits and livestock.
The biodiversity in Zimbabwe is under various threats which need to be dealt with. For example, forest diversity has been declining due to expansion of agriculture, unsustainable exploitation of wood (used for fuel), infrastructural developments, uncontrolled fires, invasive alien species and climate change. However, actions that have been implemented to protect biodiversity has been slow due to a number of various challenges such as lack of adequate financial resources. Zimbabwe also has comprehensive national policies that govern the conservation of biodiversity for food and agriculture. These include the Zimbabwe National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan, the National Energy Policy, National Environmental Policy and Strategies, the National Climate Change Response Strategy, Water Resources Policy and Strategy, and more.
With the opportunity to participate in the first GYBN Capacity Building Workshop in Africa held in August 2017, ZYBN's national chapter coordinator, Prisca Daka, established ZYBN on 26 October, 2017. The inspiring, week-long African workshop gathered young people from 18 African countries to discuss and debate the roles in which the youth in these countries can play in halting biodiversity loss and initiating local actions to solve the international biodiversity crisis. It was further discussed that young people globally are unfamiliar with the complex subject of biodiversity or the existence of the CBD, yet need to have a central role in ensuring biodiversity protection in the future. Consequently, ZYBN was established following the African workshop to provide a local platform in Zimbabwe for sharing knowledge and to give young people chances to actively participate in biodiversity conservation, advocate for the mainstreaming of biodiversity into all sectors and support government efforts.
The Zimbabwe Youth Biodiversity Network envisions a world where people understand, value, and conserve the diversity of life on Earth.
Our mission is to build a national coalition of individuals and youth organizations to halt the loss of biodiversity through mobilizing and empowering young people whilst raising national awareness on the importance of biodiversity.
To raise awareness about biodiversity and nature conservation in Zimbabwe.
To create a national network of young people and environmental organizations in Zimbabwe to foster participation in biodiversity conservation.
To popularize the aims and purpose of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and to promote its objectives amongst the youth and citizens within Zimbabwe.
To develop and implement capacity building, outreach and awareness raising activities.
To create a platform for sharing knowledge, skills and experiences on biodiversity issues and conservation.
To engage and work with other environmental institutions on biodiversity conservation at local, national and international levels.
To support young people and communities in the creation and scaling of innovative solutions for biodiversity conservation.
To participate in biodiversity conservation and policy formulation affecting the three components of biological diversity: genetic resources, ecosystems and endangered species of Zimbabwe’s flora and fauna.